Summer Law Clerkships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) Summer Law Clerkships are paid 10-week, full-time summer positions working to advance economic and social justice for 2-3 outstanding first- or second-year law students. The Law Clerks will work closely with NMCLP attorneys in one or more of our areas of work doing legal research, drafting pleadings and advocacy materials, and performing issue analysis, investigation, and outreach to partner organizations and community members. The NMCLP Law Clerks will work with one or more of these teams:  Healthcare, Public Benefits, Education, Economic Equity. Please visit our website for more information about our work at www.nmpovertylaw.org.  All law clerks will receive a $6,000 stipend over 10 weeks.

Application Deadline:  January 28, 2022

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to Felipe Guevara at felipe@nmpovertylaw.org or apply via UNM Connect. If you email your materials, enter in the Subject Heading: “NMCLP Summer Law Clerkship”. If you have a particular interest in one of the team areas listed above or if you already received funding for a summer clerkship, let us know about it in your cover letter.

Peggy Browning Workers’ Rights Fellowship

Our Peggy Browning Fellow will become a member of our workers’ rights litigation and advocacy team, contributing to projects around enforcement of the minimum wage laws, health and safety of dairy workers and farmworkers, and paid sick leave. For example, in our continued monitoring of comprehensive reforms of wage law enforcement we won through litigation against the state, our Peggy Browning Fellow will identify issues that arise in individual workers’ cases and advocate with the state. For years, the state’s enforcement officers followed illegal rules that allowed employers to get away with wage theft. Although their rules and policies changed due to our lawsuit, we expect to have to apply continued pressure until the culture at the agency is also sufficiently changed. The Fellow will perform intakes with workers, issue-spot violations, and document discrepancies between the policies as written and as carried out.

The Fellow will also perform farmworker outreach. We are exploring a possible legislative campaign to remove some of the exclusions from our state’s minimum wage that keep farmworkers from being included in this basic guarantee. We also continue to work to enforce farmworkers’ right to workers’ compensation. In 2016, we won a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from the state’s workers’ compensation statute. But many of our state’s 15,000 farmworkers continue to work for labor contractors who refuse to provide benefits to workers who are injured. 

The Fellow will do research in support of our legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. These may include a bill on farmworkers’ minimum wage, or they may be other community-led workers’ rights campaigns.

The Fellow will also develop community education materials regarding a new paid sick leave law. A broad coalition of organizations worked to successfully pass a state paid sick leave law, which goes into effect in July 2022. The Fellow will develop trainings for workers on their rights under this new law.

Strong written advocacy skills are essential. We are open to working with 1Ls or 2Ls, and will give strong preference to law students with roots in New Mexico or who plan to practice in New Mexico upon graduation. While Spanish-language ability is a plus, it is not a requirement of this fellowship. We anticipate that the Fellow will work on site at our office in Albuquerque. However, if public health circumstances do not permit this, the Fellow will work remotely.

To apply, visit https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/fellowship-application-form to fill out the fellowship application form. Peggy Browning begins accepting applications on December 1, 2021 and will accept applications until Jan 14, 2022.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Felipe Guevara at felipe@nmpovertylaw.org.